Believed to date from the Chinese Ming Dynasty, Xuande (1426-1435) a large Jingdezhen, Meiping Blue and White Emperor Dragon Vase.
Early Chinese porcelain displays similar smalt glazes from the Tang Dynasty onwards, though Chinese cobalt glass is found from the Chou dynasty (1122–221 BC). Cobalt was used as a pigment in Central Asia from the 13th century.
The kilns at Jingdezhen became the main production centre for large scale porcelain exports to Europe starting with the reign of the Wanli Emperor (1572–1620). By this time, kaolin and pottery stone were mixed in about equal proportions. Kaolin ("Gao Lin") produced wares of great strength when added to the paste; it also enhanced the whiteness of the body - a trait that became much sought after especially when blue and white wares grew in popularity worldwide.
Height 130 cms.
Base Diameter: 25 cms.
Condition: Very Good.
Comparable decoration on a Xuande period vase can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art inventory.
- Chinese Ceramics
- 130 cms